January 22, 1977 |
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Alma mater||Harvard College|
|Spouse(s)||Justin Nowell (2011–present)|
Ivy Claire Pochoda (born January 22, 1977) is an American novelist and former professional squash player. Pochoda grew up in Brooklyn, New York where she attended Saint Ann's School. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, filmmaker and screenwriter Justin Nowell.
Pochoda holds a BA from Harvard College (1998) in Classical Greek and English and American Literature. She also received an MFA in 2011 from Bennington College in Fiction. She was the 2009 James Merrill House Writer in Residence.
Her first novel, The Art of Disappearing (ISBN 0312385854), was published in 2009 by St. Martin's Press. Her second novel, Visitation Street (ISBN 0062249894), will be published by Ecco, a publishing imprint of HarperCollins on July 9, 2013. Visitation Street is only the second title chosen by Dennis Lehane for his eponymous imprint. Sceptre, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton will publish Visitation Street in the UK.
She played squash professionally between 1998 and 2007, representing the United States during her career. She reached a career-high world ranking of 38th in March 1999, having joined Women's International Squash Players Association full-time in 1998. In her college career at Harvard University, Pochoda was individual national champion in 1998, and led Harvard to national championships in all four of her years on the team. She was also named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, and was a four-time All-American and First Team all-Ivy. In May 2013, she was inducted into the Harvard Hall of Fame.
- Pochoda, Ivy (18 January 2013). "Squash’s Preppy Problem". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- Pochoda, Ivy (20 October 2009). "Reading ... the Old Fashioned Way". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- Pochoda, Ivy (15 September 2009). "The Day My Book Was Born -- Will It Survive?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 June 2013.